Margie Romero, Communications Manager at Pittsburgh Public Theater
412.316.8200 ext. 707
On the eve of war, a battle of faith ignites between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis in Mark St. Germain’s award-winning new play.
PITTSBURGH (February 10, 2012) Pittsburgh Public Theater is proud to present the Pittsburgh premiere of Freud’s Last Session, Mark St. Germain’s new play about an imagined meeting between outspoken atheist Sigmund Freud (David Wohl) and Christian writer C.S. Lewis (Jonathan Crombie). Freud’s Last Session won the 2011 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play. Directed by Mary B. Robinson, it runs March 1 – April 1, 2012 at the O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s home in the heart of Downtown’s Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org.
The play is set on September 3, 1939 in the study of Freud’s London home, where the legendary psychoanalyst is meeting with C.S. Lewis, a young Oxford professor and writer. As they listen to radio bulletins about England going to war, religious views become the main theme of their conversation. Once a skeptic, Lewis now has a profound faith in God, while Freud thinks anyone who believes is suffering from obsessional neurosis. Sometimes shocking, often very funny, always thought-provoking, discussion topics include free will, science, myths, joy, pain, the New Testament, family, and of course, sex. This riveting play delves deeply into the minds, and more surprisingly the hearts, of two rare and brilliant men.
Freud’s Last Session was suggested by The Question of God, a book by Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr. The design team for Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production is Allen Moyer (Scenic & Costumes), Phil Monat (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Fred Noel is the Production Stage Manager, Adrienne Wells is the Assistant Stage Manager, and casting is by McCorkle Casting, LTD.
About the Playwright
In addition to Freud’s Last Session, Mark St. Germain’s plays include Dr. Ruth, which will premiere this summer at the Barrington Stage Company; Best of Enemies, to be produced in New York next season; The Fabulous Lipitones, a musical comedy co-written with John Markus which will premiere at the Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta in 2013; Camping With Henry and Tom (Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle Awards), Ears On a Beatle, The God Committee, and Out of Gas On Lover’s Leap. With composer Randy Courts Mark he wrote the musicals The Gifts of the Magi, Jack’s Holiday, and Johnny Pye. He also wrote the Tammy Wynette musical Stand By Your Man for the Ryman Theater in Nashville. Television work includes writer and creative consultant for “The Cosby Show”.
Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents
What: Freud’s Last Session
When: March 1 – April 1, 2012
Tues. through Sat. at 8 pm (except Tues., March 27 when the show is at 7 pm).
Sat. at 2 pm (except March 3 & 10).
There will be an additional 2 pm matinee on Thurs., March 29.
Sun. at 2 & 7 pm (except Sun. April 1 when the final show is at 2 pm)
Press Night is Thursday, March 8.
Opening Night is Friday, March 9.
$22 to $55.
$15.75 for students and age 26 and younger with valid ID.
For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org
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